Posted: Feb 28, 2014 12:03 PM by Kris Kreutz
Updated: Feb 28, 2014 12:15 PM
Source: Louisiana Attorney General's Office
BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program.
36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency.
The arrest came from a joint investigation involving the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI into Distinctive Healthcare Services, LLC. Davis is the sole owner of that agency.
Davis is charged with seven felony counts: one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud; two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of theft by fraud of $1,500 or more; two counts of filing or maintaining false public records; and one count of money laundering $100,000 or more.
Through the course of the investigation, agents with the MFCU and the FBI say they learned that Davis used a variety of tactics to falsely bill the state's Medicaid program. In one case, they say Davis paid a Medicaid recipient monthly kickbacks in return for signing up for personal care Medicaid services through Davis' company.
Investigators say a review of financial documents showed that Davis laundered money by transferring illegal cash from her corporate account into various other financial institutions and paid convicted felons employed as direct service workers, who were ineligible to work for the Medicaid program under Louisiana law.
Last year alone, Distinctive Healthcare Services billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program more than $885,000.
Davis was arrested at her Zachary residence and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Officers with the Zachary Police Department assisted the MFCU and FBI with the arrest.